Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.” Mark 6:4
Jesus was first misunderstood by His family and friends. Once a carpenter they thought, always a carpenter. Those He grew up with had no category for Him becoming Christ. Since He was one of them, they wondered where His wisdom came from. Therefore be encouraged, Jesus encountered our same feelings of misunderstanding and rejection from family. Yet, He was pragmatic; He moved on from where He wasn’t welcomed. Jesus went to where He was honored.
Our families do not always understand our faith in Jesus Christ. They may be polite, offering a patronizing smile, but saying disparaging things behind our backs. Or they may say to our face that our faith may be good for us, but not for them. There is a barrier of belief to those who see our life change. They fear if they come to Christ they will have to change. However, fear of the Lord precludes other fears. His perfect love casts out the concerns of those who need to receive His love. Our faith in Jesus remains peculiar to people who remain in a state of unbelief in Jesus.
But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.” Matthew 12:48-50, NKJV
Moreover, when those whose hearts are closed don’t have ears to hear, we move on to minister to those with an open heart. We still love our unbelieving family members, but we do not allow their unbelief to slow down our service for Jesus. We pray for them to experience the light of the Lord’s love while we proceed forward with Christ in the assurance of His will. Time is valuable, so we prayerfully look for opportunities to offer the gospel to receptive hearts and minds.
Furthermore, as you serve others in Jesus’ name, commit to go out in pairs. Serve with another friend so you have their prayer support. Seek to co-labor for Christ to protect you from unwise decisions. Minister with another friend for encouragement and to celebrate God's goodness. Serve with another friend, because Jesus said not to minister alone. Yes, support your family in Jesus’ name. Love them, share the gospel and one day, by faith, they may come to know Him. Pray misunderstandings move to understanding and to receiving Christ as their Lord and Savior!
“Your father left these instructions before he died: ‘This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly.’ Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father. ” When their message came to him, Joseph wept. Genesis 50:16-17
Prayer: Heavenly Father, use me to minister to my family even when they don’t understand my faith walk and Your great love for them.
Related Readings: Nehemiah 1:6; Matthew 6:14; Acts 10:2; Ephesians 4:17-19
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